Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.
Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.
Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.
Warren G. Concert
Regulators… Mount up! Warren G. is here. Tickets are $22 – $50 and available online or by calling 513-872-8801. There is an 8 ticket limit for this event. This is an ages 18+ event. A valid ID will be required at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Groupon also has discount tickets for $15.
Guy Torry Comedy Show
Funny Bone Liberty Township
June 14 – 17
In the tradition of comedians who have made the transition from the stage to the screen, such as Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, multi-talented Guy Torry has made the leap to comedic actor with great success and he is coming to the Liberty Funny Bone. Tickets prices range from $12.00 – $15.00. Dinner packages range from $42.00 – $45.00 and can be purchased online. To avoid the hassle, arrive 1-2 hours before the start of the show.
Janelle Monae Concert
Monáe made a big splash with the recent announcement of her upcoming Dirty Computer album, releasing buzzworthy visuals for hot singles “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “PYNK,” giving fans an exciting peek into the creative vision for her new music. Ticket can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. The sale begins Wednesday, May 2 at 11 a.m.
Real Rap is Back Concert
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
Calling all rap and hip-hop music lovers to a new Cincinnati music concert that will blow you away! This year will definitely be a year to remember as some of the most influential artists of our time. Real Hip-Hop is Back will feature 8Ball & MJG, Bun B, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Case and more. Tickets prices range from $25.00 – $60.00 and may be purchased online, or by visiting Exclusive Wear, Hard Ta Knock Shoppe, Vengeance and Black Owned. If you own a food truck and would like to be apart of this event, apply by calling 513-557-9002. The vendor fee is $800.00.
Janet Jackson Concert
Riverbend Music Center
Janet Jackson Cincinnati Concert will return to Riverbend Music Center! The outing will showcase some of the legendary entertainer’s biggest dance anthems and powerhouse ballads that have become staples of the music icon’s career. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting Riverbend Music Center Box Office. Prices range between $29.95 – $179.95. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. All events rain or shine.
Jonathan Butler Jazz & Gospel Concert
Live! At The Ludlow Garage
Jazz and Gospel artist Jonathan Butler is telling his powerful story through song. He also interacts with his audience so don’t be shocked if he looks your way. Tickets are $40 – $75 and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The performance starts at 8:15 p.m. Prior to the show, enjoy dinner and drinks at Ludlow Garage Bistro. They have a variety of foods from flatbreads to burgers. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 513-221-4111 to make yours before the show.
Lyfe Jennings Concert
Platinum-selling artist, Lyfe Jennings, is on his way to Cincinnati! General admission is $38.00 and VIP tickets are $80.00. There is an 8 ticket limit for this event. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with Lyfe Jennings. Both available for purchase online or by calling 513-872-8801. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.
Chris Brown Concert
Riverbend Music Center
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B singer and performer Chris Brown hits Cincinnati and is joined by hip-hop and R&B rising stars 6lack, H.E.R. and Rich the Kid. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000, and you can purchase four lawn tickets for $78. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. All events rain or shine.
2018 Cincinnati Music Festival
Paul Brown Stadium
July 26 – 28
It’s LIT every year so get your tickets now. Thursday performers are MC Lyte, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Fashion Show by Shingo and DJ Vader. Friday performers are Charlie Wilson, Xscape, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, After 7. Saturday performers are Jill Scott, The Roots, Common, Keith Sweat, The O’Jays, Bootsy Collins. Tickets prices range from $60 – $125. Select your day and purchase your seats. Groupon has 1 and 2-day tickets available from $58 – $130.
Dazed and Blazed Summer Tour 2018
Riverbend Music Center
Multi-platinum selling artists Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee) today announced their co-headlining Dazed and Blazed Summer 2018 Tour. The two rap and hip hop superstars will be joined by Lil Skies and OT Genasis as support on various dates of the outing. Tickets will go on sale to general public beginning at NOON on Friday, May 18th. Ticket prices range between $34 – $95 and can be purchased online, Riverbend Music Center Box Office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Groupon currently has discount tickets for $25.
Tory Lanez Memories Don’t Die Tour
Mr. “Say It” himself has officially announced his new tour, Memories Don’t Die, and he is including Cincinnati. Ticket prices range from $57.00 – $102.00 and can be purchased online, by calling the 513-872-8801 or visiting the Bogart’s Box Office. Presales are happening now and are only available to certain groups. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Tour
Riverbend Music Center
G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Cincinnati Tour features new wave artists Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, Ybn Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beatz. Prices start at $26.00 and can be purchased online or by calling 513-232-6220. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center gates will open 60–90 minutes prior to show time. Accepted items allowed on grounds include a sealed water bottle, blanket, binoculars, seat cushions and lawn chairs. For a full list, view General Policies.
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the touring street party also features Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, plus special guest appearances by Big Easy legends Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and more. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20. They can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Gary Clark Jr. Concert
The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter finds him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations. Tickets for this event are $39.50 – $64.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office.
4U – A symphonic Celebration of Prince Tour
Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment will create and tour the first and only official estate-approved symphonic Prince celebration, the 4U- A Symphonic Celebration of Prince tour. This Prince Cincinnati tribute will feature a live band with world-class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra. Also, Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony. Tickets are $30 – $99.50 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-300 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
U.S. Bank Arena
There is no better combination of your favorite trap music rapper and pop-trap rapper. Nicki Minaj and Future are hitting the road and making a stop right here in the Queen City for their NickiHndrxx Cincinnati Tour! These two already have plenty of songs together like You Da Baddest, Tapout and Do You Mind. Tickets prices range between $56 – $157 and can be purchased online. Presale tickets are available now if you are a Citi Cardmember. General public tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m.
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Marissa Staples, Writer
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